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20th March 2023 Meeting Olive Pink Botanic Garden (Alice Springs)

Ian Coleman, the curator at the Alice Springs Botanic Garden, will introduce the Garden and Olive Pink.

Ian Coleman, the curator at the Alice Springs Botanic Garden, will give an introduction to the Garden and tell us about Olive Pink, a passionate advocate for improved rights and conditions for Australia’s Indigenous people, and after whom the garden is named. Olive founded the garden and after intense lobbying it was gazetted in 1956 as the Australian Arid Regions Flora Reserve. It is located adjacent to the Todd River, not far from the centre of Alice Springs.

Ian will discuss various aspects of the garden and events that take place (including the Olive Pink Opera presented in early October 2022), interesting plant species of the Garden, the work of volunteers and research projects. He will also tell us about the unfolding ecological disaster of buffel grass in Central Australia and the importance of land restoration and botanic gardens, how termites not worms do all the work in the desert, working with Aboriginal communities, Central Australian Landcare projects and potential impact of climate change on flora in the arid regions.

This meeting will take place at the Oatley Uniting Church Hall and on-line by ZOOM at 7.30pm on 20th March, 2023. For ZOOM Meeting Id and Password, please email

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